18’ intex ground level with foam

Zone

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May 25, 2020
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Chicago
I am in the process of installing an 18’ foot Intex. Spent two days leveling so far. Have a 6” high spot so lots of digging.

I plan to use 1” rigid foam. I wanted to get your view on how level the ground has to be if using foam.
For example I assume some small divits won’t matter. Also thinking the foam will be a little more forgiving.

as for the post I plan to use pavers they are flush with the foam.
Would 1” pavers be too thin if so then will use 2” and dig down an inch I guess to make even.
 

merc123

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Aug 2, 2019
87
Georgia
I used 1/2” foam. The divots and low spots aren’t exactly very noticeable but if you’re looking for them you can find them.
 

newtopoolsga

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May 23, 2020
19
Atlanta, Georgia
I am in almost the same situation, also planning to use the 1 inch foam. Merc123, I know the pavers need to be sunk level with the ground, does the 1 inch foam then sit proud? Or should I sink the pavers but leave 1 inch so they are level with the foam? Thanks for any advice!
 

merc123

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Aug 2, 2019
87
Georgia
Most everyone here will tell you sink the pavers enough to be flush with the foam. I did not. My foam is above the pavers and we cut it around the legs so they are directly on the pavers.

I don’t have any ill effects yet but mine is just 1/2”.
 
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Zone

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May 25, 2020
36
Chicago
Most everyone here will tell you sink the pavers enough to be flush with the foam. I did not. My foam is above the pavers and we cut it around the legs so they are directly on the pavers.

I don’t have any ill effects yet but mine is just 1/2”.
I used 1/2” foam. The divots and low spots aren’t exactly very noticeable but if you’re looking for them you can find them.

Thank you. How level is your ground? Or is it more important to have it pretty level but worry more about pavers?
 
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scout123

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Feb 18, 2018
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Northwest GA
Most everyone here will tell you sink the pavers enough to be flush with the foam. I did not. My foam is above the pavers and we cut it around the legs so they are directly on the pavers.

I don’t have any ill effects yet but mine is just 1/2”.
I did the exact same, and I used 1" foam. When I first started reading here all I ever saw was to dig in the pavers level with the ground, so that's what I did. It's only been recently that I've noticed people leaving them level with the foam. I suppose either way will work.
 
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